A chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party in Ekiti State and former Deputy Speaker of the state House of Assembly, Chief Taiwo Olatunbosun, has dumped his former boss, Mr, Ayo Fayose and the PDP for the All Progressives Congress (APC), saying that the APC holds a brighter future for the state.
The former Deputy Speaker, Fayose’s right-hand man, who stood in for the ex-governor as acting Governor whenever he travelled abroad when he was the governor of the state, said his decision to defect from the PDP was borne out of his acknowledgment of Governor Fayemi’s strides in the state.
Olatunbosun, who had also served as Commissioner for Information under the Oni-led regime, publicly announced his defection from the PDP during Fayemi’s campaign tour of Igbemo, Are, Iworoko and Afao, Fayose’s country home on Friday, 2nd May, 2014.
He added that he had considered the exodus of well-meaning people across the country from other parties to the APC and decided it was high time he became part of the progressive train.
The former Deputy Speaker disclosed that the mass defection of some of the PDP members in the state was a decision taken at Ifaki Ekiti, the country home of former Governor Segun Oni who is also reported to be planning to join the APC soon.
Olatunbosun, who stressed that Fayose has nothing good to offer the people of the state other than his “political thuggery” disclosed that the ex-governor who claimed to be a friend of teachers left the state with a debt of over N3 billion emolument to teachers.
He urged Ekiti teachers to review their benefits and compare what they got under Fayose to the many allowances they now get under the Fayemi-led government which is the true friend of teachers.
“I slept and dreamt. I looked at PDP and saw that the party is bleeding and it is sure to die. The party has a virus that is sure to kill it. I looked at where everyone in Igbemo and other parts of Nigeria are going and considered that APC is a party of progress. We have held meetings at Ifaki and decided it is important for me to go where there is light and forsake where there is thuggery. We are tired of a violent man. We are tired of a man who does not have respect for the people. Fayose owed teachers emoluments of about N3billion so it is Fayose that should not be supported by teachers instead of the rumour that teachers don’t like the governor who has benefitted them more”, Olatunbosun said.
At Afao, Fayose’s country home, the palace of the Alafao was completely shut and the monarch was unable to attend to Governor Fayemi’s campaign train.
Some community members, who spoke to journalists in the town! disclosed that the closure of the palace was ordered by the ex-governor who allegedly threatened to beat up the monarch should he receive Fayemi at the palace.
Fayemi, however, held a peaceful campaign in the town and warned politicians against denying people of their right to association.
The Governor stated that he doesn’t have any enemy in the town, saying that everyone has a right to contest an election but should allow the people make a choice on volition.
Fayemi said anyone can claim to see visions and have dreams but they must also conduct themselves with decency to show people that their visions are given by God.
The Governor added that the people of Afao have been enjoying dividends of democracy which his administration has been doling out in the last three years with the reconstruction of Ado-Afao road which was once a den of thieves and was impassable due its deplorable state.
“We have done our duty to Afao. Our government does not hate anyone. As long as you are in Ekiti, our party is for you and will do everything to better your lot. We don’t have enemy in this town. Everyone has a right to contest. Anyone can dream and even see visions but we must always do everything in decency and not hatred and brigandage. We must allow the people vote for the people of their choice”, Fayemi said.
At Are and Iworoko, Governor Fayemi was received by a mammoth crowd who shouted the Governor’s re-election slogan “koduro soke”, meaning “let him remain at the top”.
On the Governor’s campaign entourage were the former Governor of the State and Vice Chairman of APC in the southwest, Otunba Niyi Adebayo, Senator Babafemi Ojudu, APC interim Chairman in the state, Chief Jide Awe, members of the State Executive council from Irepodun Ifelodun local government and party faithful.
Meanwhile, the Kayode Fayemi Campaign Organization has condemned the unbecoming attitude of impeached governor Ayo Fayose who allegedly locked the monarch of his hometown, Alafao of Afao-Ekiti, inside his (Alafao) palace to prevent the monarch from hosting Governor Kayode Fayemi in his palace.
The PDP governorship candidate had gone to the palace earlier in the morning to order the traditional ruler not to welcome Fayemi in his palace.
The monarch had said there was no way he would not welcome Fayemi who is the sitting governor.
His insistence drew the ire of Fayose who brought thugs to lock the traditional ruler indoor.
In a statement by its spokesperson, the Kayode Fayemi Campaign Organization said this latest harassment and dehumanisation of Alafao of Afao-Ekiti re-echos Fayose’s contempt for the traditional institution and his congenital knack for committing sacrilege.
“This is a man who claims to have changed. The people of Ekiti can now see that this leopard will never change its spots. This dog will keep going back to its vomit. It is not his fault. It is just how he is wired,” the statement added.
The Fayemi Campaign Organisation urged all supporters of Governor Fayemi and APC members to remain calm and not allow drowning politicians drag them down to their level.